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Aliens and tech-death with Hideous Divinity

Italian based technical Death Metal diehards Hideous Divinity deliver their staggering conceptual EP LV-426. The concept of the EP is a sub-narrative of the second Alien movie, directed by James Cameron. The EP includes two brand-new Hideous Divinity tracks, “Acheron, Stream of Woe” & “Chestburst” and a smashing Tech-Death cover version of Coheed and Cambria’s “Delirium Trigger”.

So, aliens and tech-death?

Metal Digest is intrigued, so we had a chat with the band to see what’s going on, on their side of the world.

Welcome to Metal Digest!

So, a sub-narrative of ‘Alien’… That’s rather unique! How did you come up with this idea?

Hi There! We wanted to focus on the subplot about Newt as it offered the perfect narrative venue through which we could recount the experience of her memories as a little girl being shattered by the attack of the xenomorph; it aptly and symbolically embodies the abrupt end of mankind’s dreams and hopes.

Ok, so you now know your way around aliens. But how long would you last in a zombie apocalypse? Which band member is more likely to save humanity?

Maybe a little over than 3 minutes. Hmm, let me see… I guess Giulio could win the zombies over thanks to his exceptionally tactful communication skills: he is so zen.

Let’s get serious. Bone-crushing riffs, superb drumming, and frightful vocals. Your sound shows continued growth and development. Most bands hit a plateau but you’ve clearly found a way around that.  Which are the fundamental factors that make an artist grow and get ahead of the game?

Thanks for that! I guess it’s all about one’s will to actively engage with the ever-changing musical panorama.

It’s essential to know what and whom we’re surrounded by in terms of music; it is the ultimate drive to renew one’s own musical efforts and tastes.

The EP features a stunning Alien-themed artwork by Colin Estrada. How involved were you in the creative process regarding the artwork? Did you go to Colin with a very specific idea or did you give him the utter creative control?

I’d like to take the opportunity presented by this question to publicly say how stoked we were (and still are) on Collin’s work. We’ve known him for a while now after we met in Portland (OR) last year while we’re on tour with Vader, Abysmal Dawn, and Vitriol (* nostalgic sigh *). We chatted a bit and we asked him to make a design for a new shirt, and damn, he nailed the job! Communication-wise it went super smooth for the EP as well. It’s safe to say that he’s the artist I personally enjoyed dealing with the most. As far as creativity control goes, he knew exactly what we wanted after we literally submerged him with textual and visual references.

Any interesting band traditions that you’d like to share with us?

Eating kebab straight after practice and playing a traditional Italian card game called “Briscola” while on tour, #rockstar.

How do you avoid mix ups with two Enricos in one band?

We still don’t, but usually the singer is “Enrico ACCA” (“h” in Italian), while Enrico Schettino, the guitar player, is EnricONE or SchettONE (one being the suffix for “big” in Italian), since he’s pretty damn tall.

How was the studio time? The recording studio is a highly creative place and it’s not usual for an artist to go in with a specific plan in mind but come out with an entirely different approach. What was it like for you this time?

This time we thoroughly enjoyed it, more than usual. Maybe because it was just three songs and we had enough time to go through the mixing and mastering processes without getting too stressed. Plus, working with Stefano is always synonymous with high quality, reliability, and professionality; he’s the “6th member” of the band.

Ok eyes on the horizon! What genre of films should I start watching next, in preparation for your next work?

Actually we don’t know yet haha, but I’d go with very weird movie choices, as it’s always the case with the band. They’re likely not going to be considered for the next concept, but I always recommend Hereditary, Get Out, Us, Annihilation and the VVitch.

Until we meet again under the thread of aliens,

Chelf

Thanks so much for the interview,  Chelf. It’s always a pleasure!

Talk soon, Stefano.

HIDEOUS DIVINITY is Enrico “H.” Di Lorenzo (vocals), Enrico Schettino (guitars), Stefano Franceschini (bass), Giulio Galati (drums) and Riccardo Benedini (guitars).

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LV-426 will be available as Ltd. CD Edition (Pocket Pack) and on all digital platforms. Pre-order the album now, here: https://hideousdivinity.lnk.to/LV-426/.

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